The Minister


One of my favorite songs is by the Pet Shop Boys, titled “My October Symphony.” The opening lyrics are: So much confusion / When autumn comes around / What to do about October / How to smile behind a frown? / It’s hard to settle down. I keep the song in my running and swimming playlists.

Well, October around here has a lot going on, so it could very well be confusing. Luckily, we have a very capable staff and many top-notch lay leaders and volunteers to deal with the moving parts. We’re all moving at the speed of church!

There will be our board retreat (the staff retreated on 22 Sep), Stewardship Sunday, and the Ministry Start-Up Workshop facilitated by Unitarian Universalist Association staff. It’s a lot to keep track of. But, don’t worry. We got you!

I do hope that you will put these important events on your calendar and plan to attend. Especially, the Ministry Start-Up Workshop, which will help us all better understand the tasks of shared ministry as I settle into my new role.

You won’t want to miss Dr. Janice Marie Johnson and Dr. Amy Rowland, who will lead the workshop and preach on Oct 21. The title of their joint message(s) will be “Centering.” It’s all about how we’ll center the new ministry and set ourselves up for success.

All of this activity means that we have more reasons to smile rather than to frown. Autumn has set in with the cooler temps, and by the time you read this, the state fair will have come and gone.

And did I mention that six people have signed the book recently! One, on her special day, was #999. The last, as of this writing, was #1,000! Say “amen,” somebody.

All of us have a part in Our October Symphony. I’m looking forward to seeing you and hearing the beautiful music that we make together.

Blessings, Rev. Xolani